So I finished New Mexico a few weeks ago. That, along with incomplete Louisiana and Arkansas, brings me up to 349 county courthouses and 351 counties. I even dipped a toe in Arizona, but left because I didn't want to get too involved in that Covid infested dystopic nightmare, and if there's three things I hate, it's Covid, infestations, and nightmares. And I'm not very fond of dystopias outside of my fiction, that is.
In a few weeks, I'm road tripping again. I'm coming up on my 2000th cache and I've decided to make it special. The oldest active geocache in the word is in a little town in northwest Kansas. Guess where I'm going next month? It not only means my first caches in Kansas and starting Oklahoma in earnest, it's close enough to Nebraska to dip my toe in there, too.
That said, I'm thinking very seriously about Las Vegas at Thanksgiving. Not only are there a few very popular geocaches there, but it's about two hours from Death Valley, which has some of the lowest elevation caches in the world that don't involve Israel or scuba gear, and about an hour and a half from Utah, which I've never been to before. The real decision is whether I drive or fly. With mask and goggles, I think I make it and flights are cheap. And it would save a lot of time and energy. If I drive, I'd have to traverse the Covid infested dystopia. But I've got time to decide.
So I've been seeing someone. I care about her a great deal. She cares about me a great deal (she must, believe me). There's one minor complication: she's poly. She has a husband and a long time boyfriend who is also married and on the spectrum. She doesn't want anything more than what I can give, which is a pretty huge deal, considering she literally knows almost everything about my life and still wants to be around me. She has woken up a lot of things I forgot I could feel. Ambition, safety, that feeling of being desired. She has also got me wondering if I want more. It's complicated and I'm a little conflicted. But if this is wrong, I don't know if I especially want to be right.
The Girls are surviving. They just started school in Longview. Luckily they both got into the best schools in the area. I'll get a greater report on it this weekend when I go up to see them. This weekend I'm dragging them back to Arkansas, but only to one county. The Despoina has on several occasions mention that there is a park in Arkansas where you can dig and find diamonds. Turns out it's not not too far from them and it's a county I haven't been to yet so, barring weirdness, we're going to Crater of Diamonds State Park. If we find something worthy of the Hegemonic Crown Jewels, I shall most certainly let you know.
Oh, yeah, I got a new job. I also can tell I'm not going to love it. The money is the same as I was making in my last job, but I've known someone who did this job for a different company and they made a sizable amount more money starting out (25-30% or thereabouts). The money isn't bad, but I deserve more. I deserve better pay, better positions, better everything. And I guess that's never going to change if I don't do something about it. So I guess I need to start.
Finally, Geocaching While Black just celebrated two years and is approaching entry 500. I was going to make it coincide with my trip to Kansas, but I don't think I can without cheating a bit. That's said, it's my venue and, as staff writer, editor-in-chief, and owner, I can pretty much do whatever the heck I want so maybe I will massage the presses to make something happen. I'm also thinking of finally trying to monetize things. I doubt I could make a living off of it, but even making $20/month is a tank of gas to use on my adventures. Of course, I don't know how to whore myself out to the masses and get those coveted eyeballs so any suggestions are more than welcome. Oh, and I've been approached by someone I know who writes for Groundspeak, the company that owns and runs Geocaching.com. They'd like me to maybe write some things for their official blog. Nothing's set in stone, but I can be easily convinced, so there's that.
And that, for now, is the state of His Satrapic Majesty. Go forth with my favor upon your heads. Selah.
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